Published — 2016

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

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The IDRC in Canada developed a tool called Research Quality Plus (RQ+) to assess applied and translational research. The RQ+ approach has three underlying principles to guide assessment: identify contextual factors, articulate dimensions of quality, and use rubrics and evidence. The review process itself is made-up of four steps:

  1. Selecting the sample – selection of projects and projects’ outputs
  2. Characterizing the key influences – examining context and applying a rubric
  3. Rating the quality of the research – using (sub)dimensions and a rubric
  4. Synthesizing the ratings – rolling up across projects, programs, portfolios to the desired level of evaluation